To maintain production quality, efficiency and safety, businesses rely on highly customised jigs and fixtures to position, hold, protect and organise components and sub-assemblies at all stages of the manufacturing process.
3D printing can significantly enhance production of these tools and aids, helping to eliminate cost and design barriers and amplifying turnout.
- FDM 3D-printing technology builds up plastic parts layer by layer directly from CAD files, simplifying the fabrication process. Tool making becomes less expensive and less time-consuming
- Evaluate, identify and make immediate design improvements
- FDM places fewer constraints on tool configuration, meaning tools can be crafted for optimal performance and ergonomics
- Jigs and fixtures made from durable thermoplastics are tough but lightweight and able to withstand rugged manufacturing environments
- Biocompatible options make them ideal for the medical industry also
- Multi-material capabilities of PolyJet technology allow for highly bespoke jigs and fixtures, dependent on need
- Create digital inventories for on-demand printing, rather than storing manufacturing tools when they are not in service